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#416786 - 03/06/09 05:21 PM Low Crime Rate in Japan
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Why is it that the crime rate in Japan is so low compared to western countries such as the UK and America?

Obviously its debatable whether the crime rate really IS lower in Japan, but for arguments sake lets go with the general academic consensus that it is.

A lot of you will of course have an 'above average' knowledge of Japanese culture, and will be aware that social solidarity is much higher (the importance of group membership), does this explain the lower crime rate?

or perhaps the Yakuza keep unorganized crime in check?

In this climate of political uncertainty and economic struggle this question is more important than ever before, as Western crime rates can only be expected to rise!

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#416787 - 03/07/09 12:26 AM Re: Low Crime Rate in Japan [Re: MiSt]
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Do you have statistics?
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#416788 - 03/07/09 03:01 AM Re: Low Crime Rate in Japan [Re: MiSt]
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I am aware of the western perception that crime rate is lower in Japan than in the west, but I have no idea as to the validity of that presumption.

Should it hold true, then I would posit a theory that any culture that is based around saving 'face' and maintaining honour, will, by extension, condition its populace to adhere to certain behavioural norms - a stronger sense of 'brothers keeper' if you will, where shame, or avoidance of, becomes a controlling factor in personal choice.

In the west we harp on so much about personal freedom being the ultimate corner-stone of civilisation that we dont acknowledge that all we seem to do is abuse it.

That being said, Victorian Britain had far stauncher rules and social mores , yet 4 in 6 households used opiates, and prostitution and murder were rife.

I await input from those with facts/figures and experience of Japan, with great interest.
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#416789 - 03/07/09 05:16 PM Re: Low Crime Rate in Japan [Re: Cord]
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I do not pretend to be an expert on Japanese culture. However, it seems to me a culture preoccupied with saving face and maintaining honor might be just as likely to promote violence as prevent it. Saving face and preserving "honor" are big factors in gang violence here in the US.

I suspect the real key might lie in the fact Japan is (or was until recently) one of the world's most egalitarian societies, at least in terms of income distribution. Yes, Japan has a strong social hierarchy. However, those positioned in high social positions are still bound by strict rules--they cannnot exercise unlimited, arbitrary power over their social inferiors. This might also help preserve social order.

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#416790 - 03/07/09 06:29 PM Re: Low Crime Rate in Japan [Re: fileboy2002]
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It's because Japan is racially homogenous.
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#416791 - 03/07/09 07:05 PM Re: Low Crime Rate in Japan [Re: Cord]
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#416792 - 03/07/09 07:20 PM Re: Low Crime Rate in Japan [Re: Christy]
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Racial homogenieity does not explain it either. Most violent crime occurs WITHIN racial and/or ethnic groups, not between them.

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#416793 - 03/07/09 07:55 PM Re: Low Crime Rate in Japan [Re: fileboy2002]
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And you have some statistics to support that?

Ever hear of the Balkans, or the West bank? Violent crime inevitably occurs when disparate peoples are forced into cohabitation. Just like the U.S, and now the U.K.

Japan has fiercely resisted immigration and has always accerted it's right to racial homogenity. And they have so far benefitted from it, i.e. low crime.
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#416794 - 03/07/09 08:34 PM Re: Low Crime Rate in Japan [Re: Christy]
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Drunk flatmate ^ Yes I do just in the process of writing a post.
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#416795 - 03/08/09 12:30 AM Re: Low Crime Rate in Japan [Re: Christy]
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Quote:

And you have some statistics to support that?

Ever hear of the Balkans, or the West bank? Violent crime inevitably occurs when disparate peoples are forced into cohabitation. Just like the U.S, and now the U.K.

Japan has fiercely resisted immigration and has always accerted it's right to racial homogenity. And they have so far benefitted from it, i.e. low crime.




I assume you have statistics to support your point as well. Care to post them?
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